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Side chairs, pair


Object number

RIF4005

Maker

Maker attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Height: 96.203 cm (37 7/8 in.); Width, at knee: 55.88 cm (22 in.); Width, at crest: 49.53 cm (19 1/2 in.); Depth, at feet: 49.213 cm (19 3/8 in.)

Date

1760–1790

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (blocks); cherry or maple (rear rail of chair marked ?I?)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“I,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail and underside of front slip seat rail of one chair; “T,” in ink, on underside of rear slip seat rail of chair marked "I"; “#1” and “Bullock,” in graphite, on underside of front slip seat rail of chair marked "I"; “XXI,” incised on rabbet of front seat rail and front slip seat rail of other chair; “Bullock,” in graphite, on underside of front slip seat rail of chair marked "XXI"

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Leigh Keno American Antiques, New York, 1996. Private collection, from at least 2005

Associated names

Leigh Keno American Antiques

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Bibliography

"Leigh Keno American Antiques advertisement," Antiques 150, no. 3 (September 1996): 230, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 96.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 348n3.